Finding Balance and Rhythm in a Busy World

Are your body and soul out of sync?  Do you need to slow down so that your soul can catch up?  What can you to do restore balance in your life?  

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There are a couple of words for time in the Bible that bear mentioning when we think about how we spend our days and hours.

“kairos” — time measured by events; special moments where life is experienced

“chronos” — time governed by the clock

Which would you say defines your life more? Personally, it’s easy for me to allow the clock and my tasks to define how I spend my time. I have trouble resting. I have trouble slowing down. Consequently, it often feels as if life is moving at lightening speed! I blink and another month or season is gone. What about you, does any of this resonate with you?

Jesus invites us to slow down. Take a look at the example he sets.

Jesus took time for rest. He withdrew to be alone. He prayed. 

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. -Mark 1:35

Jesus beckons us to come and find rest in His presence. 

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. —Matthew 11:28-30

Come! It’s an imperative in the passage. 

Take! Take His yoke which is easy and light. Learn to find rest in His presence. Begin to mark the moments of your days in “kairos” time more than “chronos” time.

Here are a few ways you can begin to restore balance to the rhythm of your life.

Learn to REST:

Re-evaluate – your schedule, your priorities and your relationships. Is there something you need to say “no” to?

Energize – take time to rest, be still, renew your mind, guard what you take in, exercise, eat right.

Seek – spend time with God. Read and meditate upon His Word and pray about your day, your tasks and your time commitments.

Tell – give thanks and practice praise. Gratitude and praise change our perspective and our attitude. Practicing gratitude calms our mind, souls and spirit, and fills us with peace and contentment.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. —Ecclesiastes 3:1

Would you be willing to entrust your time to Your Creator? 

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. —Colossians 1:16-17

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Expectality in 2014

Expectations.  We all have them.  Often they rule and reign in our lives creating stress, frustration and discontent.  They can ruin relationships.  They can sour our attitudes.  But we all have them.  So what’s a girl to do?  I’ve been mulling this idea over quite a bit in the last year.  It’s not necessarily the expectations that are the problem, but rather “expectality”.  Don’t bother looking it up.  It’s a made up word.  When I find myself stressed, frustrated and discontent because my expectations have been thwarted, dashed or unmet, this is the state known as “expectality”.  It’s when my expectations collide with my reality.  For me (and perhaps you), it’s really a control issue.  I want to control situations and outcomes.  I want to be comfortable, happy and content.  I want my way.  But…that’s not life.  Jesus said it perfectly before He left earth, “…in the world you WILL have trouble…”.  It’s a truth none of us will argue with, to be sure!  The answer to dealing with “expectality” in life lies in the “BUT” statement that follows in this verse.  I think we often overlook and forget this… Continue reading “Expectality in 2014”

Get Real! A Heart Massage

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“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O God, my strength and my redeemer.”     Psalm 19:14

Have you ever had a deep tissue massage?  They say a massage has almost a cathartic effect, to the point of bringing you to tears.  Recently, I injured my back.  My husband was applying a muscle rub to the affected area and he began to press deeply into the tissue.  It was painful!  I found myself in tears.  But afterward… a sense of relief and my back was much better.

This idea of deep tissue massage was on my mind recently as I read Psalm 19:14.   The words just seem to penetrate my heart.

How was the meditation of my heart?  

Meditation in this verse is the Hebrew word, higgayon, meaning a meditation, resounding music, whispering, mocking; refers to internal thoughts or musings. It denotes meditation or thinking in the heart as opposed to spoken words.  From the root word, hagah, meaning to moan, growl, mutter, meditate, plot, speak, devise, muse, imagine, utter. 

Heart is leb referring to the totality of man’s inner or immaterial nature.  These are the deepest, innermost feelings and thoughts.

Is there a meditation down deep in my heart that is not pleasing to the Lord?  

He has been speaking to me a great deal recently about my heart attitude.  I know how to say and do the right things most of the time—my outward attitude.  I even think I believe them and find reasons to justify them most of the time.  But the meditation of my heart can’t fool the Lord.  Is there something that is blocking the flow of His Spirit at work in me?  Is there something that is preventing me from being conformed more to Christ’s character?

I did some quick research on some tips and benefits of having a deep tissue massage: Continue reading “Get Real! A Heart Massage”

Stressed!?! Find Rest

We are a society that has become weary for lack of rest. We can relate to the psalmist who says, “I am weary with my sighing” (Ps 6:6). Weary can mean faint, having nothing more to give, ready to collapse. Do these words describe you? Are you weary emotionally, physically or spiritually?

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Too often our “to do” lists are longer than the hours in our day. If you are like me, much of the time, I create my own stress. I say “yes” when I should say “no” to a task or request. I fail to take time to pause and just be in the Lord’s presence; instead I fill my days and hours and the result is exhausting. Many times I create stress by taking on tomorrow’s worries today. I let my mind wander and worry. But God created rest. God desires we find rest.

Matthew 11:28-30 speaks to us about learning to find rest in the midst of our stress:

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Come – deute – an imperative — come hither! come here! come! come now! —from a root word meaning urging and calling, here! come!

Rest – anapauoto cause or permit one to cease from movement or labor in order to recover and collect his strength; to give rest, to refresh; to keep quiet, of calm and patient expectation, an intermission.

Jesus beckons us to come to him to find rest. I love how the original word for “come” is so emphatic. It’s like he is saying, NOW! Not later, not if you feel like it, not when you’ve exhausted all other possibilities, but NOW! The rest He desires to give us is a pause to recover our strength, a quiet and calming of our souls. The great thing about learning to rest in Christ is that it can be done in the midst of whatever we have going on in our day.

Three ways I’ve discovered I can find rest instead of experiencing stress:

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